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Glencoe // Wednesday 12th February 2020
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Plateau Cafe sledge park is loaded for the kids that are on holiday and the big kids too!

Wall T-bar opened late in the afternoon. Should be a quick open to mid-mountain on Thursday, top still needs work as visibility awful in snow today.

Creag Dhu was seeing plenty of action on the Dark Side of the Access Chair!

There is a good route down for red level skiers / boarders via the fenced Red Access Run and out the road.

Mugs Alley is in good shape now.

Clearing the carpark this morning.

Drifting even at low levels.

Old Mugs Alley on the Coire Pollach Tow is full width and in great shape for snow plough turners.

The inevitable dusk clearance looking up the Plateau Poma Run which is full width. Rankins Return mostly very wide.

Low level Red Access Run is wide in places, nearly all a decent ski and seeing plenty of action. Carnage Corner was as usual having its moments!

Sweeping the low level Access Runs as dusk comes in.

The gullies on the Dark Side / Black Access Run seeing action.

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The occasional sunny spell between some fairly prolonged and heavy snow showers on Wednesday at Glencoe, but as forecast the wind did drop the right side of marginal late morning allowing for a noon opening.

Initially the Access Chair and Plateau Poma giving 1400ft of vertical to the base, joined by the Coire Pollach Tow and late on the Wall T-bar reopened - was too blustery for the Cliffhanger in the more intense snow showers.

A lot of snow has fallen this week, radar indicated 22-26cm 9-10" at height, slightly less low down - but it is is not level with the drifting and there is huge amounts of snow on areas of the mountain.

Near zero visibility in showers and drifting snow high up slowed prep work, so more work will be required on the top of the hill first thing but it was open to the mid-station level late afternoon on Wednesday and once the Main Basin T-bar opens 2400ft of lifted vertical will be on offer with riding to the Carpark via the Fenced Red Access Run or the Dark Side (Black Access Run and beyond - though if going further out speak to patrol about the avalanche risk please)!

Best access to the low level Red Access Run is via Rankins Return and cutting out skiers right of the chair to pick up the fence. All on mountain runs expected to be open except Etive Glades (wind scoured) and the Flypaper (substantial risk of a major avalanche), the Flypaper Bowl is loaded so promising for later in the season!

In short one day of fine weather before the next storm cycle kicks off and dry new snow at all levels and great terrain for every ability level.

Please though remember that there is currently NO catering facilities at the base. Ski Hire has reduced stock, so if possible arrive early or hire on route as it is expected to be busy on Thursday. The Kingshouse Hotel is open to non residents for breakfast, lunch, dinner and teas / coffee and is a 5 minute drive from the ski area (or 30min walk down / 45min walk up). For those approaching from the South the Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum opens at 7.30am. Ticket office and lifts at the ski area open 9am and its just under 30min drive from there to the ski area.

Plateau Cafe on the mountain will be open, but will be extremely busy and is cash only at present.
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